Synopsis of Project
Lions InSight Programme embraces the Lions Eye Health Programme, and has four components.
Eye Health and Care - nutrition, take up of eye tests, quit smoking, best use of computers
Service and Support - Talking Newspapers, Low Vision, Healthy vision campaigns
Partnership - local organisations, Lions Sightsavers, Blind Veterans
Lions MD105 best practice – sight loss (accessibility and support)
How 2 Guide
Eye Health and Care – raising awareness and knowledge within Clubs and the general public of the benefits coming from eating healthily, having an eye test, stopping smoking and looking away from computer screens, and dispelling come myths (such as eating carrots helps you see in the dark) Information available on various websites including www.webmd.com. www.nhs.uk looking after your eyes, www.aop.org.uk plus Lions MD105 Visual Awareness Training PowerPoint presentation. Then sharing information using Lions promotional material (see Lions Clubs website) and Lions In Sight Facebook, with general public.
Service and Support – Low Vision, linking with local societies for the blind (details of all local organisations on www.visionary.org.uk ) either as individual Lions or as a local Lions Club, to be volunteer drivers, volunteer telephone befrienders, volunteer one to one IT support, or support with social and activity groups. or volunteering with local Talking Newspapers, Guide Dogs for Blind, RNIB etc. Campaigning annual World Sight Day, National Eye Health Week or White Cane Day (resources available from Lions HQ).
Partnerships – local Clubs developing informal partnerships (working together with) local blind organisations (www.visionary.org.uk) MD105 developing and building up formal or informal partnerships with other sight loss related national organisations.
Lions MD105 best practice. In UK there are well over 2 million people with sight loss. It affects more people as they grow older. It can be estimated that over 50% of Lions Club International members in UK have some level of sight loss that affects their way of life. Clubs should ensure that they are able to provide equal support to individual Lions with sight loss (accessible information and volunteer driver/or guide if necessary) and that all Lions are aware of the various implications (and myths) of sight loss. Accessible information – recommended font size 14 for everyone, but can be enlarged to 18-20 on request. Audio information. Braille (note only 4% of visually impaired people actually read braille – it is expensive and needs only be available on request) Possible alternative would be a ‘volunteer reader’ or adapted equipment (sometimes could be obtained with grant funding through local society for blind) Visual Awareness Training available online (www.ncctrainingresoources.co.uk) through many local societies for blind (www.visionary.org.uk) or training providers. There is usually a cost to this training (unless your perhaps have developed a partnership with your local organisation or you use the Lions MD105 Visual Awareness Training PowerPoint presentation Lions MD105 Visual Awareness 2020.ppt)
Contact Officer Lion Judith Goodchild firstname.lastname@example.org